Our Story

We believe in enabling organisations and individuals to thrive. As the original pioneers of UK interim management and a leading executive search business, we use our experience, depth of knowledge and business networks to drive our clients to success.

What makes us different is our speed in immersing ourselves into a business. We blend science and experience in order to match the perfect professional.

What we do

There are four core strands to the Russam business today: Interim Search, Executive Search, Board Practices and Total Project Delivery. Our sector experts have extensive insight into the industries they serve, from finance and manufacturing to technology, the public sector and not-for-profits.

With access to a global network, we serve a client base ranging from ambitious start-ups to multinationals in any market. We have a proven track record in providing the right professionals to deliver transformation, crisis management, business turnaround and rapid growth.

Our lasting success is thanks to our people. We’re passionate about performance, excellence, diversity and ethics. We’re trusted by hundreds of organisations; thousands of professionals.

Our Story.

Our own journey began in 1982 when Charles Russam identified the potential to help organisations find interim professionals. Today, we’re as dedicated as ever to connecting talented people with forward thinking corporates and NGOs.

Pioneering is in our blood. We continuously come up with innovative ideas. Some work; some don’t. But we still keep coming up with them.

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    1982.

    Our founding year; the UK’s first interim management provider.
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    1987.

    Co-founded the Interim Management Association (IMA). Back then it was known as ATIES. Jason Atkinson went on to become Chairman of the IMA in 2010.
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    Four separate companies were merged to form Russam: Guardian Management Services, Tanstead Associates, GMS Consultancy, and Walker GMS.
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    2006.

    Won HR Excellence Awards for “most effective use of resources for an interim project” with our interim executive Mel Petrie and a crisis assignment with the British Red Cross.
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    2006.

    We became one the leading suppliers of interim executives into government via the OGCbuying.solutions Catalist Framework accreditation.
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    2006.

    We launched InterimWomen - the first forum dedicated to women working as Interim Managers or aspiring to.
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    2007.

    We launched an Innovative partnership between Athene Communications and Russam that focusses and specialises on interims for the marketing & communications world.
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    2009.

    Peter Dunkerley, one of our most experienced principals, won “Interim Recruiter of the Year” at the REC’s Institute of Professional Recruitment awards.
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    2009.

    Ian Joseph joins and launches Russam Search.
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    2009.

    We launch Trustee Unlimited along with our trusted partners NCVO and BWB (Bates Wells Braithwaite).
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    2010.

    Russam wins “Best Interim Recruitment Agency” at the Recruiter Awards for Excellence.
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    2011.

    Russam wins “Best Interim Provider” at the Recruitment Consultant Awards.
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    2012.

    Russam celebrates 30 years in business!
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    2012.

    Melissa Baxter joins Russam and Russam Executive Search is formally launched.
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    2013.

    Russam joins the Worldwide Interim Group (WIL) as a co-founding member.
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    2013.

    Russam Appointed to G-Cloud IV Framework.
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    2014.

    Ian Joseph and Jason Atkinson complete Management buy-out and unveil plans for further growth.
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    2014.

    We move into our wonderful new London office – The Gridiron Building, King’s Cross.
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    2014.

    Russam win “Best Specialist Recruitment” provider at the Global Recruiter Awards and Highly Recommended for “Best Client Service”.
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    2015.

    Launch of Step On Board coaching and volunteering business.
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    2015.

    Trustees Unlimited proud to become a Founding UK B Corporation.
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    2015.

    Russam become a corporate partner to the MS Society and aim to raise £100k for this worthy cause. We sponsor the annual Walk London event.
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    2016.

    Russam publishes major study on the lack of tech talent on FTSE boards.
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    2016.

    Russam relaunches its NED Group Forum
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    John Wilson recognised at the WIL Group Baveno, Italy Global Conference for “Best Contribution” to the Group.
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    2017.

    Russam signs a long-term technical partnership with Winmark Global – the leading business networking group.
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    2017.

    Russam move its back office “hub” . . . after 34 years in sunny Dunstable we move to the art deco AW House in Luton.
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    2017.

    Ian Joseph shares the stage with Lord Browne of Madingley as we host a Devonshire House Club meeting.
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    2017.

    Russam team members join the WIL Group Global Conference in Shanghai.
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    2018.

    Anna Henderson wins the Russam “RIOT” Award for best employee!
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    2018.

    We continue our diversity and inclusion programmes. This time we use Lego with our clients to understand the “building blocks” of diversity.
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    2018.

    The UK hosts the 2018 Global Conference... London is Calling!
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    2019.

    The adventure continues... A new brand this year!

Our Team.

We are passionate about delivering to the highest standards of excellence and ensuring our recruitment methodologies attract candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Meet the Team
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